scenes of the city
It's summertime, and that means it's rodeo season. Get out your boots and hat, and head to your nearest fair.
For this week's Scenes of the City we tour a historical gem in San Francisco's Portola District. Overgrown and falling apart, the 'hood's old rose nursery is one of those places that reaps its magic from its state of decay. Full of brambles, broken glass, and old nursery tools, the greenhouse takes up an entire city block. See it on Google maps here.
This week, we take you to a little-known forested pocket of the city. The idyllic Macondray Lane is a wooded pedestrian path on the south-eastern side of Russian Hill in San Francisco.
Tall sandy bluffs, barren beaches, and consistently stellar hang-gliding are the key features of beautiful Fort Funston. Hugging the southwest corner of San Francisco's windswept coastline, this protected area includes the last remnants of the sand dune ecosystem that used to blanket the western half of our city.
Although it's intended for those under 12, the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is a hit with the big and small. Parents, teenagers, and kids are all enjoying the new multi-faceted addition to the Mission. The playground is color coded for different age groups that includes a sand box, 45 foot super slide, natural stone and wood climbing areas, swing sets, and an area with a series of chimes and instruments. Check it out for yourself and bring the kids along....or not.
In a hole-in-the-wall on Ross Alley between Washington and Jackson Streets in Chinatown, you'll find one the city's hidden gems, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.